ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the
preliminary unemployment rate in metro Columbus declined to 9.3 percent
in August, down five-tenths of a percentage point from 9.8 percent in
July. The rate was 9.6 percent in August 2011.
The rate decreased because there were 517 fewer layoffs in manufacturing, construction, trade, and administrative and support services. Also, the metro labor force declined by 1,316, partially because some students left summer jobs to return to school.
Metro Athens continued to have the lowest area jobless rate at 6.7 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha Regional Commission had the highest at 12.2 percent.
Meanwhile, Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 9.2 percent in August, unchanged from July. The jobless rate was 9.9 percent in August a year ago.
The number of jobs in the state rose by 25,100, or six-tenths of a percentage point, from 3,914,100 in July to 3,939,200 in August. Georgia has created 49,700 jobs since August 2011 when there were 3,889,500 jobs.
In metro Columbus, jobs increased to 119,400 in August, up by 800 from July, but down by 200 from 119,600 in August 2011.
(SOURCE: GA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR)
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